Auction 126, Lot 180

"Cram's Railroad & Township Map of Virginia, W. Virginia, Maryland & Delaware", Cram, George F. & Company

Subject: United States - Mid-Atlantic

Period: 1879 (dated)

Publication: Cram's Standard American Atlas of the United States

Color: Hand Color

27.2 x 17.3 inches
69.1 x 43.9 cm

Rare map from the first edition of Cram's most celebrated atlas. This large double page map shows all of Virginia and West Virginia with parts of Ohio, Delaware and New Jersey. There is great detail of counties, towns and villages, watershed and topography in hachure. The extensive railway system is shown with all lines named. The map carries the date of 1879 with a copyright date of 1878. The imprint is Cram's Western Map Depot, 66 Lake St. Chicago, Ills. There was a close relationship between the Cram and Watson firms, who also published from this address. This Lake Street address was the home to Cram's publishing company between 1873 and 1879, thereafter moving to Wabash Avenue.

References: Chicago Map Makers: "George F. Cram and the American Perception of Space" Gerald A. Danzer

Condition: A

Near fine example with beautiful hand coloring on a full sheet with very wide marigns. Long centerfold split expertly closed.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 12/3/2008